Ben Ezechime, Enugu
Hon. Chijioke Edeoga, Labour Party (LP) Governorship candidate for Enugu State has promised to address issues of marginalization, maladministration, intimidation and corruption which characterised the previous governments in the state.
He said this at Ugwuogo Nike, Enugu East Local Government, as he concludes his ‘ward to ward’ tour of the Local Government Area.
Edeoga said that if he becomes governor of the state in 2023, issues of maladministration, oppression, marginalisation, intimidation and corruption would be over.
“I want to assure you that, I will lead Enugu State with zero tolerance on corruption, empathy and with fear of God,” he said.
He said that the idea of visiting every electoral ward in Enugu State to campaign is to get first hand knowledge of the needs of every community in the state.
“When I won the Labour Party primary in August, I said I was going to visit every electoral ward to plant LP presence and to know the needs of the people.
“The idea is to meet face to face with the leadership of communities that make up these electoral wards and to find out from them their needs in order of priority.
“Now, I have become an eye witness to bad roads, lack of water, electricity challenges being faced by the people, and I promise that Enugu State under my watch, will be better,” he said.
He regretted that Enugu East LGA as one of the Urban Local Government Areas in Enugu State is in worst infrastructural state, compared to other urban local governments, Enugu North and South respectively.
He expressed surprise that, after several years Abakpa, Emene, Nike home settlements and its nearby farm settlers have remained unattended to; either in renewal or new development.
Ikengaonline reports that during the visits, critical stakeholders in the 12 electoral wards including community and party leaders complained of political oppression, marginalisation, intimidation, suppression, exclusion and domination against a section of Nike people.
Edeoga decried such high level of discrimination and inhuman treatment and promised to address the situation by ensuring equity, fairness and justice for all.
Speaking to Journalists at the end of the tour, the governorship hopeful expressed joy that Labour Party has taken roots in the localities as communities and offices painted with party colours, while many electorate professed card carrying members of the party.
“As you have observed even the youths are burning with zeal and zest to change the current leadership of Enugu State and Nigeria at large for a fresh air and a new beginning of capacity, security, probity and accountability.
“Again, the people are not even distracted by the shenanigans of the current administration of the state by trying to use their surrogate (s) to slow down the speed with which the Labour Party has run down the ruling party in Enugu State and make it rather an opposition,” he said.